October 2016

Planned bike lanes will mean safer cycling, walking in South Loop area

Bicyclists in the South Loop will have better and safer access to the neighborhood beginning next year.

Variety of new projects planned for West Loop

A variety of new developments are coming to the Randolph-Fulton Market/West Loop area.

Automatic voter registration veto could be overturned

Overturning Governor Bruce Rauner’s August veto of an automatic voter registration (AVR) bill passed by both houses of the Illinois General Assembly is not a sure outcome, despite bipartisan support of the bill (SB250) by both Republican and Democratic legislators.

Resurrection Project saves Hotel Lugo, last SRO remaining in Pilsen community

In a time when new, sometimes upscale residential developments are emerging throughout Pilsen, residents of the community’s only remaining single room occupancy (SRO), Hotel Lugo, were concerned about an increase in housing costs and potential homelessness after officials notified them last year that Hotel Lugo would go up for sale.

Every vote counts: Check voter registration status

Every Illinois citizen should check to be sure he or she is registered to vote, advised Cook County Clerk David Orr.

ATN: October 2016

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has a new state-of-the-science advocacy system that gives volunteers an easy way to have a voice…

University Village Row Homes offers modern and traditional styles

Sales are off to a fast start at University Village Row Homes, a new development of 20 modern and traditional row homes underway on at 14th Place and Halsted Street.

Workers’ skills should match job market, say Urban Forum speakers

The head of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, a prominent educator from the Hispanic community, and a Nobel Prizewinning economist agreed on at least one thing during the Urban Forum hosted by the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA) on Sept. 15: Chicago has plenty of jobs—but not enough workers with the right skills to match those jobs.

RFMA bus tour highlights Lake Street problems

The Randolph/Fulton Market Association held a bus tour of Lake Street recently. Traveling from Halsted Street to Kedzie Avenue and back, the tour illustrated issues affecting the street. Congressman Danny Davis (D-7th), who is working to obtain funds to improve the street, attended the event.

Governor’s veto of voter expansion law an unwelcome Red State strategy for Illinois

Governor Bruce Rauner has introduced the disturbing policy of voter restriction to Illinois—a strategy that has been increasingly employed in Republican-dominated or “Red States” to keep down and turn-off voters who generally do not cast ballots for GOP candidates.

Letter: Police hiring: Years late, millions short

Dear Editor:

Less than two hours before Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s recent speech on public safety, progressive aldermen urged him to live up to his pledge to lead the most transparent administration in Chicago history and release the financial plan to pay for his new proposal to hire nearly 1,000 new police officers over the next two years.

Reconstruction underway at UIC

Reconstruction continues in and around the University of Illinois at Chicago Campus, with five UIC repair and renovation projects in addition to the Byrne Interchange reconstruction, City of Chicago water main replacement, and Harrison Street resurfacing.